PhyloCode: Love It? Hate It? Totally Indifferent To It

Lately, I’ve been getting into the literature on taxonomy and systematics. At this point I don’t know enough to say much about it one way or the other. I am interested in what you, my knowledgeable readers, think about phylocode. I’m particulary interested in what impact it will have on the taxonomy of primates and hominoids in particular – but you all don’t have to address that….

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  1. I think it is a fantastic idea. It had a bit of momentum back around 2004, but I’ve heard hardly any news since.

    I think it will take a long time for anything to happen, considering how deeply ingrained are the Linnaen ranks.

    Given new molecular sequencing methods are much faster than taxonomic descriptions, its important to have a system that is flexible and doesn’t require name changes every time a new morphological character is unearthed that revises the phylogeny. Rather, nodes are classified on relatedness, and are dynamic in that they can move around without changing too much in the way of KPCOFGS etc.

    I’m all for the phylocode, or a similar system.

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